July 31 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, April 24, 2014
A prolific Lowestoft beggar has been jailed for eight months after he breached a nationwide order banning him from approaching people for money.
Carl Horth, 26, of Denmark Road, appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates Court earlier today where he admitted two breaches of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) that was issued in January and banned him from begging anywhere in England and wales.
The first breach was on Friday, April 18 when Horth approached a 25-year-old woman in Bridge Road, Oulton Broad and asked for money.
When the woman refused Horth swore at her.
The second breach happened at Lowestoft Cemetery on Normanston Drive on Monday when Horth approached a woman in her 60s who was at her husband’s grave and asked for money.
At the court he also asked for four other similar offences to be taken into consideration and was jailed for eight months.
His jail sentence follows a 16-week prison term handed out at the end of January after Horth breached his ASBO within one day of it being issued by Lowestoft magistrates.
Police say in the run-up to and on his release from prison for the first ASBO breach, Horth was offered extensive help and intensive support by a number of agencies in order to assist him in addressing his re-offending and improve his health and wellbeing.
PC Mark Sargeant said: “Sadly Horth chose to return to begging, causing some level of fear and upset to members of the public who were just going about their business.
“His behaviour is unacceptable and with the anti-social behaviour order now in place we can and will take action. We are pleased the court has seen fit to jail him and he has been warned that any future breaches will be met with further custody if he continues to cause problems for residents.”